I had already written the first six stories and had been wanting to write about a Highland werewolf clan, but wasn’t sure of a plot.
I smiled. Every story has to be unique in some way. I LOVED the idea of a poor werewolf. But like my mother always said, “There’s no fun in being poor,” and so just being poor wouldn’t do.
I read tons about the Scots, having lots of roots over there, and I read lots of historical Highland romance stories, which have a lot of similar plots—laird is rich and gets the girl. Or laird is trying to get his land back and gets the girl.
But mine is a contemporary werewolf story. I still wanted the sword fights, the wearing of the kilt, the castle, the laird, the clan, all the good stuff that goes into the Scottish historical romance stories, but with a modern setup.
So I said to Robyn, “Okay, what about a Highland laird who has a castle, but is about to lose his ancestral home because of some financial investments in a crook’s scheme, and the master thief has taken off with their money? So to tide them over, Ian must agree to film a movie at his castle, which isn’t good because they’re not just a clan, but a werewolf pack? Now, the heroine is a romance werewolf writer who writes strictly contemporary, but has writer’s block and wants to write a Scottish historical romance. And she plans to write about this clan in her new story. Only she doesn’t know they’re wolves. And at first, they don’t know she is either.”
That was the start of the idea, and what with the billions of dollars stolen by several big financial scam artists in the news about that time, it fueled my interest in the plot and became HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF, all because my co-worker suggested I write about a poor werewolf.
I start out with a kernel of an idea, but as I actually write them, the plot deepens and so Julia isn’t there just to write her story, but she plans to sneak into the castle to take back a box and all its contents that belong to her family.
The Highland Wolf in Paradise continues with the youngest brother going to the Grand Cayman Islands in an attempt to track down the man who stole their money. The dark warrior who is never sidetracked from his mission meets a wolf in paradise, and for the first time ever, he’s sidetracked!
That’s what happens when a male wolf meets a female wolf alone in paradise. And the Highland clan is still struggling with debt, so I continued the poor werewolf saga.
DREAMING OF THE WOLF is coming out in December and you want to know how I came up with the idea for that? In DESTINY OF THE WOLF, Jake Silver photographs wildflowers as a hobby. So when they have enough framed photographs all over the house, he’s talked into offering them for sale at art galleries. But when he sees a woman photographing a car’s license plate and the way she looks and the fact he can’t get into the gallery because it’s closed for family reasons, he’s intrigued with the woman and wants to learn more about her.
Now, the dreaming part is important to the story, and a couple of fans had asked a long time ago when I was going to have more dream mating because they loved it in DESTINY OF THE WOLF. I kept thinking, how could I include that in a story?
With THE SEAL IN WOLF’S CLOTHING, my editor had given me the idea when she mentioned about TO TEMPT THE WOLF and Hunter’s ties to being a Navy SEAL, that it would be fun to have had him being part of a Navy SEAL team that included all wolves. Hmmm. So I kept thinking about it, and several fans wanted to see Hunter’s sister, Meara, get her man, wolf, and voila! The SEAL team comes to call.
So just a kernel of an idea can get me going! Sometimes it takes a long time before I can work it into a new story, but it’s worth it in the end. With 6 more stories contracted, 3 wolf and 3 jaguar, it’ll be a while before I can think of another story, but I’m always, always open to suggestions!
The jaguars don’t even have any plots yet, except for the first that I’m working on. So I’m all ears.
Anyone ready to join a wolf pack in a castle in Scotland, even if they’re a little low on funds?
Thanks so much for visiting with me today, and thanks so much to Annette for having me here today!!!
May all your days be filled with wolfish delights!